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NEO High School Football Playoff Wk 3: Cuyahoga Hts, Hoban win

Anton Albert - The News-Herald

What a week of high school football. Games were decided by the last possession of games and some even in overtime. It was one of the most exciting weeks of football in not just Northeast Ohio, but the entire state. With wins this past weekend, there are just four teams left in each of Ohio’s seven football divisions. Teams need one more win to reach Columbus and play for the State Championship. But before we get to that, Week 3 of the playoffs had some great games and performances from the remaining teams.

So, what happened in Week 3 of the Ohio high school football playoffs? Let’s take a look at what went on this week in the high school football in Northeast Ohio.

NEO HS Football Recap: Season PreviewWeek 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Playoff Preview, Playoff Wk 1, Playoff Wk 2, Playoff Wk 3

Notable Scores from Northeast Ohio

Division I

St. Ignatius 38 St. Edward 31

Olentangy Liberty 24 Lorain 20

Pickerington Central 17 Huber Heights Wayne 14

St. Xavier 35 Sycamore 28

Division II

Hudson 24 Warren Harding 21

Massillon Perry 17 New Albany 6

Anthony Wayne 38 Olmsted Falls 31

La Salle 45 Miamisburg 14

Division III

Archbishop Hoban 34 New Philadelphia 3

Toledo Central Catholic 19 Lexington 0

St. Francis DeSales 49 Hamilton Township 6

Trotwood-Madison 34 St. Mary’s Memorial 27

Division IV

Perry 22 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 9

Steubenville 29 Shelby 15

Bishop Hartley 38 Ottawa-Glandorf 35

Kettering Archbishop Alter 35 Wyoming 7

Division V

Canton Central Catholic 40 Garrettsville Garfield 13

Edison 27 Norwayne 20

Coshocton 30 Wheelersburg 20

Coldwater 35 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 21

Division VI

Cuyahoga Heights 17 Kirtland 0

Maria Stein Marion Local 26 Mechanicsburg 15

Newark Catholic 41 Fort Frye 7

Hamler Patrick Henry 21 Ayersville 19

Division VII

Warren JFK 48 Norwalk St. Paul 13

McComb 35 Crestview 28

Harvest Preparatory 29 Waterford 15

Minster 35 Fort Recovery 33

Best Performance

Cuyahoga Heights shuts out Kirtland, 17-0

Cuyahoga Heights put on the best performance of the week, blanking Kirtland, 17-0, to eliminate the defending champions, the second such a shutout this season.

Kirtland was only able to muster 134 yards of offense against the Redskins defense, including just 117 yards rushing, which was the team’s offensive backbone. On offense Cuyahoga Heights was led by their passing duo of quarterback Brett Lowther and receiver Dylan Drummond. Lowther threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Drummond caught seven passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. It is the first time Kirtland has been held scoreless in a game twice in a season since 2005, according to the News-Herald.

Biggest Surprise

The amount of close finishes and overtime games

The results of Week 3 may not be huge surprises, but the way the games finished were somewhat surprising. Three games went into overtime this past weekend. St. Ignatius beat St. Edward in the first overtime period; St. Xavier outlasted Sycamore in the first overtime; and McComb beat Crestview in the second overtime period.

There were also games that were close finishes as 12 contests were decided by a touchdown or less, including the three games that went to overtime. Yes, games should be closer when we get this far into the playoffs, but the amount of games decided so late made this weekend so great and surprising.

Best Individual Performance

RB Todd Sibley, Archbishop Hoban

Running back Todd Sibley had the best individual performance of the week in leading Archbishop Hoban to 34-3 blowout win over New Philadelphia. Sibley rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. He scored touchdowns from 10 yards and 68 yards out.

Final Regular Season Top 10-Week 3 Results

  1. Medina– Already Eliminated
  1. Cuyahoga Heights– Win
  1. Chardon– Already Eliminated
  1. Midview– Already Eliminated
  1. St. Edward– Loss
  1. Avon– Already Eliminated
  1. Solon– Already Eliminated
  1. Stow– Already Eliminated
  1. St. Ignatius– Win
  1. Archbishop Hoban-Win

5 Big Game Picks for Week 4 of the Playoffs

St. Ignatius over Olentangy Liberty

Hudson over Massillon Perry

Archbishop Hoban over St. Francis DeSales

Cuyahoga Heights over Newark Catholic

Pickerington Central over St. Xavier

Last Week’s Results and Overall Game Pick Record

St. Ignatius over St. Edward- Correct

Warren Harding over Hudson- Wrong

Anthony Wayne over Olmsted Falls- Correct

Cuyahoga Heights over Kirtland- Correct

Archbishop Hoban over New Philadelphia- Correct

Overall Record: 12-3


All stats come from Cleveland.com or noted otherwise